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Fly Fishing Grand Lake Stream In Maine
Grand Lake Stream has been regulated as fly fishing
only since 1903. It flows from West Grand Lake into
Big Lake. From there the stream flows into the St.
Croix River. This little short section of river that's only
three  miles long has attracted anglers from around
the World for years. It's big attraction is its native
landlocked salmon and its bigger relative, the Atlantic

There are plenty of places to access Grand Lake
Stream. The eastern side from Big Falls down to the
meadows was donated to the state so it could remain
free of development. You can park and walk in and
fish. There are also easements on the west bank of
the river below Big Lake.

The fishing season opens April 1 through September
30 but there's an extended "catch-and-release"
season from Oct. 1 through Oct. 20. The season for
the salmon really doesn't begin until early May after
the ice leaves the lakes. The salmon follow the smelt,
their favorite food. The salmon also eat the White
Sucker eggs when they spawn. Most of the aquatic
insect hatches begin in late May and continue through
June into the first part of July.

During the middle of the Summer, salmon move into
deep water of either the deeper pools in the river or
the lakes. They return to the river from about the
middle of September through October to spawn.
Generally, fly fishing Grand Lake Stream is very good
during the spawning season.

We should note that Grand Lake Stream also has a
population of brook trout but it isn't generally
considered as good as it is in many other Maine

It should also be noted that there are some very good
aquatic insect hatches and the salmon will take dry
flies from the surface during a hatch. The best hatch is
the Hendrickson hatch which takes place about the
middle of May. There are Quill Gordons, Blue Quills,
Blue-winged olives and other mayflies as well as plenty
of caddisflies during the Summer months.
Type of Stream

Native Landlocked Salmon
Atlantic Salmon
Brook Trout (Few)

Short but averages about 100 feet

Eastern Maine

Nearest Towns
Grand Lake Stream

April 1 through September 30 with an
extended catch and release season
from Oct. 1 through Oct.


Non-Resident License
State of Maine

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Fishing Report Updated 02/21/19
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Fly fishing Grand Lake Stream is best
from early May to October 20th
As just mentioned, late Spring can be
Summertime is prime time to fish
Grand Lake Stream
Early Fall can provide good fishing
Grand Lake Stream Fishing Report - 11/01/18
Season it over. Stream levels will not be updated until the 2019 season starts.
The stream is in good shape with levels just a little below normal. There are lots of
hatches taking place and good numbers of fish are being caught.

7 Day Weather Forecast: There is a chance of rain from Tuesday through Friday,
otherwise clear for the coming week. Highs will range from 58 to 67 degrees and lows
from 34 to 50 degrees.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Rate: 350 cfs
Level: 2.48 ft
Afternoon Water Temperature: 49
Clarity: clear
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow Data at Grand Lake Stream
Blue-winged Olives, size 18/16, nymphs
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Slate Drakes, size 10/12, nymphs and spinners
Little Yellow Stoneflies, size 16/14, nymphs and adults
Japanese Beetles, size 16/14
Carpenter Ants, size 18/16
Sandwich Hoppers - Green/Brown, size 4 to 12
Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
The Blue-winged olive mayflies are the most plentiful and available food in the river at
this time. Brown Sculpin and White Belly sculpin streamers will work great at the first of
the season. Black Matuka and Olive Matuka sculpin streamers should work good.
Slate Drakes are hatching.
Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching.
Terrestrials insects like Japanese beetles, Hoppers and Carpenter ants are working.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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Salmon Flies:
02/21/19 It isn't too early to start
planning that next trip. We can help
you do that as well as select your gear
and flies for the trip. Send us an email